Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Although it is one of the few countries that is experience an improving trend, the U.S. ranks second behind only Mexico in relative child poverty according to a U.N. report. The largest caveat to this report is that it is "relative," so that child poverty is based on household income less than 50% of the national average. So given that the U.S. has one of the highest national average incomes, it follows that it will have a higher relative poverty rate under this standard.

But still, it is embarrassing that the world's richest nation cannot eliminate, or at least come close to eliminating, child poverty.
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